Judge Cannon Drops Devastating Bomb On Jack Smith

Judge Cannon Drops Devastating Bomb On Jack Smith

The federal judge overseeing the case involving former President Donald Trump's confidential materials has instructed prosecutors to reveal any potential collaboration with the Biden administration, actions that Special Counsel Jack Smith had previously sought to keep confidential.

Memorandums detailing Smith's efforts to keep the White House informed about his investigation of President Trump have now been unredacted following Florida U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon's ruling.

The unredacted evidence highlights the close cooperation between Smith and high-ranking officials in the Biden administration and the US Department of Justice.

These officials urged Trump to return classified documents, occasionally delaying communication with him until after clearance by Biden's legal team.

Investigative writer Julie Kelly has compiled four pages detailing Smith's strategies, including before and after redactions.

In one document, Gary Stern, general counsel for the National Archives, acknowledged that "[i]t is not uncommon that [Presidential Records Act] material collection extends past the close of any presidential administration," sometimes "well after the close of any given presidential administration." This line, previously redacted by Smith, was cited by President Trump's attorneys as an early sign of bias by the National Archives.

According to Fox News, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland upgraded the investigation to a "full investigation" despite previously asserting that Smith's inquiry would be "independent" from Biden's Justice Department.

On September 1, 2021, Stern circulated a letter regarding "missing Trump Records," a line Smith had sought to redact. Smith indicated at the time that he had informally contacted DOJ counsel about the issue and that the White House counsel was now aware and requested to be kept informed of any references to the White House Office of Records Management.

Two involved parties began drafting a referral to the DOJ that same week. Garland approved the probe's upgrade on March 30, 2022.

"This email conveys Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General (AG) [Merrick Garland] approval for conversion to a full investigation," reads a summary of the restricted document.

Trump's lawyers cited attempts to keep their client uninformed as evidence that the Biden administration "weaponized" the PRA.

Deputy White House Counsel Jonathan Su requested one of Trump's coordinators for the probe to grant a colleague access to notes taken in the final days of the Trump administration, just before a referral to the DOJ was about to happen. Su intervened when Stern, the National Archives lawyer, attempted to provide Trump's emissary with a copy of the notes.

"Could we discuss the process before anything is provided to him?" Su wrote to Stern, who agreed but noted that the request was "atypical." Stern later confirmed that the former president's representative had not requested to see the records.

Further revelations highlight the level of coordination between the DOJ and FBI leading up to the August 8, 2022, raid on Mar-a-Lago. Before the FBI team entered the premises, FBI leadership informed and coordinated with local United States Secret Service (USSS) leadership.

The raid involved a total of twenty-five agents from the FBI Miami Field Office, four agents from the FBI WFO, one employee from FBI Headquarters, one attorney from the DOJ's Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, and one attorney from the United States Attorneys Office's Southern District of Florida.

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